Something’s Burning! Learn How To Fix Burnt Carpet Easily

Did you drop a hot iron on your carpet while straightening your hair? Was there some kind of accident that caused a burn mark that is a huge eyesore for you? Don’t worry – you don’t have to start saving for a new carpet – you can easily fix your old one!

A burned hole in brown stained carpet

For real! Some people think that most of these small burns are permanent and there’s no way to save this certain area of the carpet. And we are sure that you love your carpets, keeping them clean with the best carpet cleaners and keeping carpet beetles away, but what happens when that accident occurs? In this article, you will learn how to fix burnt carpet easily with the help of simple and easy DIY steps. Ready? Let’s get started!

Step-by-step guide: How to repair a small carpet burn

Sometimes only the tips of the carpet fibers are burnt. On other occasions, the damage is quite large and you need to try something more complex to get rid of the mark. The way you approach each issue is different. Therefore, the first thing that you need to do is assess the extent of the damage. Whether you have dropped a match, a hair dryer, or an iron that was too hot, carpet burn marks ruin the look of the entire space.

Assess the extent of damage

Carpets in our homes take more wear and tear as compared to anything else. When you need to repair carpet burns, you should keep in mind that there are 3 levels of marks. 

If the hot item sits on the top of the carpet for a couple of seconds only, the top fibers of the carpet are the ones that get damaged. And this is the first level. The second level of burn is when the length of burnt fibers is significant and you can’t simply repair the area with the simplest solutions. The third level of burn is when an entire patch of the carpet has been badly burnt and you can’t salvage any of it at all. In such a situation, you will have to call for professional help. Let’s see how you can repair them.

Things you will need

  • Pair of scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum
  • Paper
  • Heavy book
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Carpet cement
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Solution of 10 parts water + one part hydrogen peroxideRug repair hand tools


Here are the steps you have to follow once you gather all the needed tools.

Step 1: Clean the area

  • Firstly, sand away the mark.
  • To remove any debris, vacuum over the spot.
  • If there are any remaining fibers, cut them away with scissors.

Step 2: Spot clean with cleaning solution

  • If the mark is still there, take a cloth and soak it in the solution. Blot the mark with the cloth, starting from the outside and then working your way in.
  • Spray with clean water and pat the spot dry.
  • Let the spot dry completely. If the bun mark is not noticeable anymore, you can stop here. However, if it isn’t gone you will have to patch it up.

Step 3: Tweeze out carpet fibers

  • Pick a carpet spot – preferably under the table, bed, or couch – and pull out some fibers using tweezers. Pull up enough fibers so that the hole from the small burn would be completely filled.
  • Roll up the carpet fuzz you just collected in the shape of the burnt hole.

Step 4: Place the carpet fibers

  • Apply a bit of the carpet cement to the hole and push the carpet fuzz into it. You can also use super glue if you don’t have carpet cement.
  • Cover the spot with paper and place a heavy book over it.
  • Let it dry for a couple of hours.
  • Use the wide tooth comb to brush the carpet fuzz into place.

Step-by-step guide: How to repair a large burnt spot

If there is a large burn on your carpet, such as that from dropping a coal or a hot iron, you will have to replace the burnt part. Repairing large burns is slightly tricky, and if you do it incorrectly, the carpet repair will be highly noticeable.

If the burn is too large you will have to replace that part of the burned carpet with an actual carpet piece.

Men repairing a carpet

Things you will need

  • Matching carpet piece
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Vacuum
  • Carpet adhesive
  • Paper
  • Wide tooth comb
  • A large book


And this is what you have to do to make it right:

Step 1: Clean the damaged area

  • The first thing that you do is vacuum the burned area so that any dust, debris, grime, etc. is cleared.

Step 2: Remove the damaged fibers

  • With the help of a knife, cut away the burnt section of the carpet. Make sure that you don’t disrupt the carpet padding when you are cutting through till the carpet backing.
  • Now get the carpet scrap and cut according to the size of the burnt patch you just removed. Make sure that the texture of the carpet is in the same direction so that it doesn’t seem obvious that you patched it up.
  • Vacuum the hole that you created in the carpet as well.
  • Place the cutout carpet scrap in the hole and ensure it fits. You can make any adjustments, if needed.
  • Apply some carpet adhesive to the carpet padding.
  • Align the cutout piece of carpet and place it in the hole.
  • Cover the patch with paper.
  • Place the book on the carpet patch for a couple of hours so that the adhesive dries completely.
  • Remove the book and the paper
  • With the wide tooth comb brush the carpet patch in so that it blends with the existing carpet. 

If the area is very large, or you have tried to repair the burn and aren’t satisfied, you can contact professional carpet cleaners and repairmen who will either fix your carpet for you or let you know that you need a replacement.

Removing cigarette burns

They are relatively small and are therefore easier to remedy. However, they are highly noticeable especially since they are in high traffic areas. With a little cutting and gluing, you can fix the cigarette burns and your carpet will be as good as new. 

Burnt hole from cigarette

When you are removing cigarette burns, you take a two-pronged approach. Firstly, you have to replace the burnt fibers and then you have to remove any stains that might be present in the scorched area. 

Things you will need

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Carpet Cleaning Solution (10 parts water + 1 part hydrogen peroxide)
  • Vacuum
  • Tweezers
  • Super Glue/Carpet Cement
  • Paper
  • Large Book


If you’re ready to start, this is what you need to do:

Step 1: Clean the area

  • The first thing that you have to do is sand away the scorch marks.
  • Use the vacuum to remove any debris.

Step 2: Remove the damaged fibers

This step takes precision and you have to be careful around the burnt area. It is not like you are giving your carpet a haircut – you are just removing the damaged fibers. It is better to mark the area with tape to avoid any accidents.

Hand cutting off fibers from a carpet

  • Take a pair of scissors and cut out the black fibers.
  • Once again, use the vacuum to remove the cut fibers.

Step 3: Spot clean the stain

To remove the dark marks or ashes, you will have to spot clean the stain. It is important that you don’t spread it to the undamaged parts of the carpet. 

  • To remove the scorch mark, get a cloth and soak it in the solution.
  • Thoroughly clean the stain and then use clean water to rinse the spot.
  • Let the spot dry completely.
  • If the burn mark is still visible, then you have to cut more fibers.

 Step 4: Replace the fibers

  • It is better that you take out the fibers with the help of tweezers from under the couch or table in the room.
  • You will need enough fuzz to fill the hole left by the burnt mark.
  • Make a ball of the fuzz you just collected.
  • Apply glue or carpet cement over the hole and place the carpet fuzz on top of it.
  • Cover the patch with a piece of paper and place a book on top.
  • Let the book sit for a couple of hours.
  • Remove the book and blend in the fuzz using a wide-toothed comb.Iron burn on carpet

A nice, warm, snug, and cozy carpet breathes life into a space and brightens up any room instantly. However, it is only natural that the carpet will get damaged over the passage of time. If you have burnt your carpet you don’t have to start panicking and worrying. With a little help and guidance, you can easily fix your carpet up. We have put together this comprehensive guide that will help you fix all kinds of burns – big or small!

Happy Fixing, Folks!

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